Williams: 'Church lost credibility'

The Archbishop of Canterbury has told the Church of England General Synod that "we have lost a level of credibility in the wider society" after they voted against introducing women bishops.

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No 10: PM thinks there should be women bishops

The Prime Minister's spokesman says David Cameron's personal view is that there should be women bishops and he shares the disappointment of the bishops over last night's defeat on the issue.

But the spokesman stresses that it is "clearly up to the church to decide". He says there are "no plans to change the rules" on the Equality Act, from which the Church of England is currently exempt.

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